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February 8, 2012News for hotel and lodging professionals

  Front Desk 
  • Trump Organization readies $200M to redevelop Washington hotel
    Trump Organization will be launching a nearly $200 million project to renovate the historic Old Post Office building in Washington into a 250-room luxury hotel. The company's first hotel property in Washington will have conference facilities, a spa and a restaurant. Construction is expected to begin in 2014. Bloomberg (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business Update 
  • Dolce Hotels and Resorts eyes expansion on strong 2011 growth
    Dolce Hotels and Resorts is looking to double its portfolio in the next several years as it reported strong results in 2011, including a 14% total revenue boost across all of its properties. "We're starting 2012 in a very good position coming off a very strong organic growth year in 2011," said President and CEO Steve Rudnitsky. (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Market Trends 
  • Updated hotel offerings reflect changes in travel habits
    From introducing refillable shampoo dispensers to outfitting lobbies with more electrical outlets, hotels are adapting their amenities to meet the demands of a younger crowd of business travelers, this feature says. "They want to socialize, so all these hotels are changing the design of the lobby where now, it's very warm, where you have couches where you can plug in your iPad," said Adam Weissenberg of Deloitte & Touche. WCSH-TV (Portland, Maine) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Column: Hotels recovery begins to lag behind that of airlines
    Consolidation and a concerted effort to maintain operational discipline has greatly helped the airline industry's performance, in contrast to that of the hotel segment, whose problems have lead to decreased revenue, Arnie Weissmann writes. Hotels' costly relationships with online travel agencies continue to be one of their greatest sources of difficulty. Flash sites and the new also encourage hotels to draw guests through price drops, undercutting revenue. Travel Weekly (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Best Practices 
  • Haiti is experiencing revival of hotel industry
    Two years after the tragic 2010 earthquake in Haiti, many hoteliers have rebuilt their damaged properties and are leading a resurgence of the country's hotel industry. The country has a supply of 1,674 rooms in 43 hotels as of December 2011, STR reports, with five properties in the pipeline. International chains have also set their sights on Haiti because of its strong business travel segment. (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Government Affairs 
  • Senate passes bill requiring TSA to consider private screeners
    Legislation approved by the Senate on Monday will require the Transportation Security Administration to consider applications from private screening companies. The TSA last year froze the number of airports where it allowed private screeners. The bill also authorizes funding for the Federal Aviation Administration. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AH&LA News 
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  • Young professionals get connected to the industry
    AH&LA's Under 30 Gateway offers members free access to the mentorship program, quarterly Webinars and exclusive publications, as well as discounts on training and certification through the Educational Institute and invitations to events just for young professionals. Check out the wealth of resources available at It's free to anyone employed at an AH&LA member organization, so spread the word. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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